Mazda MX-5 review - Reliability and safety
Mazda’s reputation for reliability is sound, while a suite of assistance systems boost the MX-5's safety
The latest Mazda MX-5 still retains a relatively simple mechanical layout, as well as plenty of electronic kit shared with existing models, so the car should provide trouble-free motoring. It’s worth noting, however, that if you plan to drive it hard – on road or track – then perishables such as brake discs, brake pads and tyres will need replacing more frequently.
The two-seat roadster didn't feature in our 2021 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, although Mazda itself achieved an excellent 4th place out of 29 manufacturers.
Euro NCAP gave the MX-5 four stars for safety when it was tested in 2015. It lost a star because active city stop isn't standard. Front and side airbags, Dynamic Stability Control and traction control are all available across the line-up, while Sport Tech cars feature Blind Spot Monitoring, a Driver Attention Alert and a Lane Departure Warning.
Mazda offers a standard three-year, 60,000-mile warranty on the MX-5. These days, with some companies offering four, five or seven years of cover, this is about average. Like many three-year policies, the roadster’s warranty can be extended for a variable cost, but this additional peace of mind is provided by a third party and a car will need to have less than 100,000 miles on the clock to qualify for an upgrade.
Service intervals for the MX-5 are every 12,500 miles or annually, whichever comes first. Mazda offers a three-year service plan which is available for £649 up-front, or paid over monthly instalments.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe Mazda MX-5 is a legendary small sports car that delivers driving thrills and everyday usability
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe MX-5's revvy Skyactiv-G engines are a joy, but we'd go for the extra power of the 2.0-litre
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsMazda doesn’t use turbos to boost efficiency, but still claims impressive economy figures for the MX-5
- 4Interior, design and technologyOccupants sit lower down and closer to the MX-5’s centre line for maximum enjoyment, while there’s more technology than before
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceIt’s no grand tourer, but the Mazda MX-5 is quite spacious considering its modest dimensions
- 6Reliability and Safety - currently readingMazda’s reputation for reliability is sound, while a suite of assistance systems boost the MX-5's safety
- 7Used and nearly newA full used buyer’s guide on the Mazda MX-5 covering the MX-5 Mk4 (2015-date)